BY PAUL EREWUBA
The English Premiership League (EPL) enters its match day 6 with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Liverpool and others gearing up for a great show.
Mancheater United will be at home to Leicester City, while Chelsea would be away to the Gunners, Arsenal in what league watchers have dubbed top of the table clash.
No doubt, a game involving Arsenal and Chelsea in recent time has always generated lots of interest because of the rivalry between former Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger.
Mourinho had called Wenger a specialist in failure, after his wards defeated Arsenal, an acronym Wenger detested.
In today’s encounter, however, even though Mourinho is no longer there, Wenger would definitely want to take his own pound of flesh.
Already, both teams have begun their rivalry. After five great matches, both teams are on 10 points each with Arsenal being ahead of Chelsea because of goals difference.
And both sides would be going into today’s encounter with a win in their minds.
Arsenal after Liverpool defeat seems to have adjusted in their defence.
But that cannot be said of Chelsea..
Chelsea Coach, Antonio Conte has drawn praise from many of his players and fans. Butafter Chelsea were handed their first defeat of the season against a rampant Liverpool side, it became evident that the Blues have defense problem.
This defense lapses clearly showed in the Blues EFL Cup match against Leicester on Tuesday.
The first goal came just after Gary Cahill avoided giving away a penalty when he dithered on the ball only to see Ahmed Musa rob him of possession, before sprinting into action and tugging the Leicester forward down in the area. Cahill, acting as captain in place of the injured John Terry and absent Branislav Ivanovic, was fortunate not to concede a spot-kick in rather reminiscent scenes of how Leroy Fer scored Swansea’s second goal against the Blues a few weeks ago.
Several errors led to the opener, starting with one from debutant Marcos Alonso, who was pulled out of position which left Musa unmarked and able to send in a cross that thwarted the Chelsea defence.
The second goal was also error-strewn as Pedro first gave the ball away with a clearance straight to Andy King before Luiz left Okazaki unmarked.
The Italian must find a solution to it, if he wants to avoid seeing his team teeter on the brink of defeat.
What will concern Conte now is how to stop the porous Chelsea defence from leaking yet more goals as they take on Arsenal today.